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Voltaire in exile : the last years, 1753-78

Autore: Ian Davidson
Editore: New York : Grove Press, ©2004.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : English : 1st American edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
Banca dati:WorldCat
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"In 1753, King Louis XV forced Voltaire - playwright, poet, philosopher, and one of the most celebrated figures in Europe - into exile. Voltaire carved out a vibrant world in isolation, becoming a successful entrepreneur, writing his masterpiece, Candide, and lavishing upon those around him the finer things in life. Moreover, during these twenty-five years in Geneva, Voltaire developed his modern ideas of human
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Genere/forma: Biography
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Davidson, Ian, 1935-
Voltaire in exile.
New York : Grove Press, c2004
(OCoLC)645914858
Persona incaricata: Voltaire; Voltaire; Voltaire
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Ian Davidson
ISBN: 0802117910 9780802117915
Numero OCLC: 56194984
Descrizione: xix, 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contenuti: Introduction --
Prologue : 1694-1750 --
Money : 1750-53 --
Geneva : 1754-5 --
Candide and the English Admiral : 1753-9 --
L'Infame : 1758-61 --
The adoption of Mlle Corneille : 1760-63 --
The Calas Affair : 1761-5 --
The Swiss Marmot : 1764-5 --
Ferney : 1765 --
Beccaria and the Commentaire : 1765-6 --
The execution of the Chevalier de La Barre : 1765-8 --
The blockade : 1765-8 --
Solitude : 1767-9 --
Watchmaking : 1770-76 --
Last campaigns : 1770-78 --
Return to Paris : 1778 --
Afterword.
Responsabilità: Ian Davidson.

Abstract:

"In 1753, King Louis XV forced Voltaire - playwright, poet, philosopher, and one of the most celebrated figures in Europe - into exile. Voltaire carved out a vibrant world in isolation, becoming a successful entrepreneur, writing his masterpiece, Candide, and lavishing upon those around him the finer things in life. Moreover, during these twenty-five years in Geneva, Voltaire developed his modern ideas of human rights and social equality, which were borne out in his campaigns against a series of miscarriages of justice.".

"In Voltaire in Exile, Ian Davidson has re-created this period in the life of one of the giant figures of the Enlightenment. By painstakingly translating the rich correspondence between Voltaire and his family, members of the Court at Versailles, and the French intellectual elite, Davidson allows us to discover Voltaire the artist, the campaigner, the aesthete, the lover, the humorist. The result is a portrait of this funny, iconoclastic, complex, and ferociously intelligent individual - the man Diderot described as "the unique man of the century.""--BOOK JACKET.

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